Education and Ethics

In his classic 1984 book, The Imperative of Responsibility: In Search of an Ethics for the Technological Age, Hans Jonas explains how all prior ethics are inadequate for guiding the technological advancement of mankind to produce a sustainable civilization. Jonas' thinking has permeated the work of Terry Collins in developing the college-level class, Chemistry and Sustainability. Jonas' writings also underpin the research of the  IGS, especially the efforts to develop TAML Activator technology in the light of understanding of endocrine disruption and to help deal with reducing and eliminating endocrine disruptors. Dr. Collins views Jonas' thinking as important for developing an authentic green science and for educating students and the public to help secure a sustainable future.

 

Highlights

 

Building the chemical dimension of a sustainable civilization: the Compass and the Code

Hear Professor Collins discuss his concepts for a Sustainability Compass and a Code of Sustainability Ethics. GLGCN/MGCC Green Chemistry Webinar: December 11, 2013

 

Scientists and especially scientist advocates are often attacked by sectors of the chemical enterprise over stands they take aimed at protecting health and the environment from the adverse effects of chemicals. In its October 29, 2012 issue, Chemistry and Engineering News (C&EN) launched an attack against Dr. Arlene Blum, a scientist-advocate focused on reducing/eliminating public exposures to toxic flame retardants. The powerful counterblast from the scientific community was gratifying to witness and Professor Collins with seven colleagues protested to C&EN in a letter to the editor [.pdf].

 

Scientific Lessons from Endocrine Disruption, and How Green Chemistry Might Avoid Its Hazards

Adjunct Professor Pete Myers gives keynote on how green chemistry might avoid the hazards of endocrine disruptors at "Toward a Sustainable 21st Century: Pesticides Conference" at University of California Irvine's Newkirk Center for Science and Society.

 

Environmental health sciences and Green Chemistry: problems meet solutions—in summary

Plenary lecture by Terry Collins, Beckman Center, Irvine, CA, October 8, 2008

 

A Very Early Definition of Green Chemistry Including the first principles of green chemistry [.pdf]

Collins, T.J., Green Chemistry, in Macmillan Encyclopedia of Chemistry, Volume 2, Simon and Schuster Macmillan, New York, 1997, pp. 691–697

Open Letter to Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, USEPA

From Terry Collins and Colleagues Working to Build Green Chemistry in the USA

 

Publications about Green Science & Education and Philosophy of Sustainability.

 

Through the Learning Green Initiative, the Institute for Green Science began to develop online courseware focused on green chemistry and sustainability. Introduction to Green Chemistry contains free entry level course content suitable for high school students. This project is temporarily on hold.